Supreme Court Ruling: Illegal Aliens Do Not Have a Right to Obtain Green Cards

Supreme Court Ruling: Illegal Aliens Do Not Have a Right to Obtain Green Cards

A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday rules illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally cannot obtain or apply for green cards just because they enjoy Temporary Protected Status in the United States.

The decision is a bombshell for thousands of people in the U.S. who are temporarily protected from deportation because of insane liberal policies passed in Congress. Most have entered the U.S. illegally and now want to remain permanently in the U.S.A.

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“The question here is whether the conferral of TPS enables illegals to obtain LPR [Legal Permanent Residency] status despite their unlawful entry. We hold that it does not," Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the opinion.

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Federal law allows some nonimmigrants to seek an adjustment of their legal status in the U.S. provided that they have been "admitted" to the country. Kagan explained that TPS -- a designation conferred by the State Department because of humanitarian or security conditions in a country -- is not itself admission.

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"An 'admission' is defined as 'the lawful entry of the alien into the United States after inspection and authorization by an immigration officer,'" she wrote. "The TPS program gives foreign nationals nonimmigrant status, but it does not admit them."